Availability: Nuance As A Service

Posted 18 CommentsPosted in Complex Systems, Random, Resilience, WebOps

Something that has struck me funny recently surrounds the traditional notion of availability of web applications. With respect to its relationship to revenue, to infrastructure and application behavior, and fault protection and tolerance, I’m thinking it may be time to get a broaderĀ upgrade adjustment to the industry’s perception on the topic. These nuances in the […]

On Being A Senior Engineer

Posted 184 CommentsPosted in Culture, Etsy, Human Factors, Random, WebOps

UPDATE: I’ve added a short section on the topic of sponsorship. I think that there’s a lot of institutional knowledge in our field, especially about what makes for a productive engineer. But while there are a good deal of books in the management field about “expert” roles and responsibilities of non-technical individual contributors, I don’t […]

Systems Engineering: A great definition.

Posted 10 CommentsPosted in Complex Systems, Culture, Random, WebOps

Ben Rockwood said something last December about the re-emergence of the Systems Engineer and I agree with him, 100%.   To add to that, I’d like to quote the excellent NASA Systems Engineering handbook’s introduction. The emphasis is mine: Systems engineering is a methodical, disciplined approach for the design, realization, technical management, operations, and retirement […]